I took some pictures of Alivia on Friday night and as I was checking the play back feature on my camera I noticed they were a little under exposed. I had forgotten that I set my ISO to a maximum of 800 which means that even if the ISO needed to be increased to create proper exposure, it wouldn’t. Although I had adjusted the ISO for the remainder of my images that night, I was disappointed thinking the images I had taken of her already would require more editing time that I actually had.
When I opened them up on my computer, they were even darker than they were showing on my camera! I didn’t think they could be saved! It’s a good thing I tried the exposure slider in CS6 before I sent them to the recycle bin! I got unbelievable results! For someone who rarely gets shots of a smiling toddler, this was SUPER exciting!
I had to share my original and edited photos with you so that you could see the drastic changes I was able to make in both CS6 and Lightroom 4! All without the use of actions too! That’s right, I’ve been learning my tools! The only action I applied was the Cuts like a Knife action from Paint the Moon which allows you to selectively sharpen!
These next few images weren’t as bad, but it’s just amazing what a few adjustments will do to a photo!
Of course, I still strive to get my pictures as good as they can be IN camera.
I’m linking up this next image to the following photo challenges.
Love the expression, those little lips, and chubby cheeks!
This last image was processed in Lightroom!
and that’s the power of RAW people!
If I were shooting JPG, I wouldn’t have been able to save them!